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What Is Measure Z Bond?

What Is Measure Z Bond?

On November 3, 2020, the voters of West Sacramento authorized Measure Z Bond, which passed with 60.93% approval and issued $150,000,000 in General Obligation Bonds for school facilities improvements, construction, and modernization. This will go a long way in protecting our students’ quality education and ensure opportunities for all students in WUSD schools for many years.
wusd fmp & cOMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

wusd fmp & cOMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

A Facilities Master Plan was created representing the voices of parents, staff, and the community for the future facilities of the District. The Board of Education received the Facilities Master Plan in December 2019. Each school site and district campus was reviewed and discussed at Board of Education meetings in January - March 2020. The Facilities Master Plan is representative of modernization and construction for the next 10 years, focusing on ensuring all school facilities are equitably addressed across the District.
How will the funds be spent?

How will the funds be spent?

Every penny from Measure Z will be spent locally to support our schools!
 
All students deserve the same safe, modern schools and educational opportunities regardless of their school. Measure Z ensures our students have the same academic opportunities as students in wealthier districts. Providing a quality education for all students benefits everyone, reduces dropout, increases high school and college graduation rates, and better prepares students to compete for today's jobs.
 
Here are some examples:
  • Upgrade classrooms, labs, and internet access for 21st-century, hands-on instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
  • Ensure that older schools meet the same academic, safety, and disabled accessibility standards as newer ones.
  • Improve classroom technology and school safety to help retain and attract quality teachers.
  • Repair and upgrade deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical where needed.
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What challenges are facing our schools?

While WUSD has made significant changes over the last few years, we now face a major challenge in providing funding for our aging school facilities. 
 
Some of our schools are more than 70 years old and need to be modernized to provide up-to-date classroom technology and meet current health and safety codes. More funding is needed because all students throughout the district deserve the same safe, modern schools and educational opportunities regardless of which school they attend. 
 
Schools today need to have updated classrooms and instructional technology to better prepare students for college or the workforce. Repairing and upgrading our schools will help retain and attract quality teachers because classrooms will be up-to-date, have the resources and tools needed, and schools will be clean and safe.
 
Unfortunately, the State will not currently fund these improvements.

Specifically, how could funds from Measure Z be used?

Measure Z would:
  • Upgrade classrooms, labs and internet access for 21st century hands-on instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts and math
  • Ensure all schools meet the same academic, safety and disabled accessibility standards as newer schools
  • Improve classroom technology and school safety to help retain and attract quality teachers
  • Repair and upgrade deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical where needed

What does Measure Z Cost?

Measure Z costs property owners no more than $60 per $100,000 of assessed (not market) value per year, protected by Prop 13, or approximately $165 per year for the typical homeowner. All funds generated by Measure Z would stay local to improve WUSD schools. 
 
A local school bond is an action the community can take to help strengthen our economic status as well as improve school facilities for WUSD students. 

How do I know funds from Measure Z would be used responsibly?

Measure Z includes strong fiscal safeguards:
  • All funds spent locally to support local schools and cannot be taken away by the State
  • No funds could be used for administrator salaries or pensions
  • Independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits of all spending
  • Qualify WUSD for state matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts

Does Measure Z help our Community?

Local school bonds serve as local job creators. They sustain local industry, employ local workers, and bring economic activity to our area which can help local restaurants and shops that have been badly impacted by COVID-19 public health and safety measures.

Is there any other way to update our schools?

The District has very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades our local schools need. The State has been an unreliable partner in funding and provides very limited funding for facilities improvements, so we can’t rely on them to complete the repairs and upgrades our schools need. 

Measure Z could provide the local control necessary to complete prioritized projects to provide the repairs and upgrades that our schools need. In addition, if approved, Measure Z could help our schools qualify for millions in State matching funds — funds that would otherwise go to other communities.

Has our community supported local funding for school improvements before?

Yes. In 2014, WUSD voters approved Measure V, a local bond measure to address the most urgent facilities needs facing WUSD schools. Measure V funds were used for school construction, modernization, portable classroom replacement, technology upgrades, and heating and air conditioning installation. 

A Citizens’ Oversight Committee oversees Measure V expenditures and provides annual reports to the Board of Education. Their reports can be found at https://www.wusd.k12.ca.us/Departments/Business-Services/Facilities-Construction--Planning/School-Bonds/Measure-V/Measure-V-Oversight-Committee/index.html
Previous Bond Successes

Previous Bond Successes

2014 General Obligation Bond Authorization
 
Visit the Measure V Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee to view annual reports and meeting details.